Promising SA bodyboarder killed in shark attack

2012-04-19 16:43

Cape Town - The man killed in a shark attack on Thursday has been identified as a promising young South African bodyboarder.

The bodyboarder, 20 year-old David Lilienfeld took to the water with a group of friends and his brother around 12:30 at Dappat se Gat, a surf spot between Gordon’s Bay and Kogel Bay also known as “Caves”.

According to witnesses only one shark attacked and killed Lilienfield, despite earlier reports that two were involved.

"A shark estimated to be between 4m and 5m bit him, amputating his right leg,” National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon told News24.

It is believed the shark is a Great White.

Lillienfield was brought ashore by bystanders and friends, but was confirmed dead at the scene by rescue personnel.

Following the incident, witnesses claim that up to 6 sharks could be seen in the area.

It is estimated that the sharks appeared after the attack.
Meanwhile, Lambinon warned people on the coastal side of False Bay to be cautious.
"We clearly can't force people to stay out of the water, but will say people must be careful," he told Nuus24

"If you are in the water between Muizenberg and Fish Hoek, please follow the orders of the shark spotters. People on the False Bay coast must rather stay out of the water until we've investigated the incident."

  • Siann - 2012-04-19 16:54


  • Sechaba - 2012-04-19 16:59

    Thats why I only swim in my Pool, not where animals swim also, because chances are I might be killed same also when a fly tries to enter my pool , it will die. RIP to the young Cape Town boy.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-19 17:15

      You wanna log in on the grammar site and write your comment there? Touché

      Sechaba - 2012-04-19 17:19

      Emily English is just a foreign Language spoken in South Afrika by Africans, whether I write it right or wrong does not matter. Just attended a Presentation by French guys in Cape Town , I am sure you would have collapsed if you listened to those guys.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-19 17:44

      Condolences to the Fanou. I stay on the Shore thanks, Around the ankles is just marvelous.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-19 18:38

      My comment was in response to your previous comment about some1 not being allowed to write here in Afrikaans. Don't see the point - you're not sticking to the topic at hand. Silly...

      Hallo - 2012-04-20 00:27

      Sechaba 2 Emily 0

      Kevin - 2012-04-20 09:31

      Agreed Emily. Unfortunately some people carry chips on their shoulders so their responses have nothing to do with subjects but only race. Sechaba needs to grow up as his posts smack of racism.If HALLO thinks its 2-0 he is also missing the point so now lets all stick to the topic, see.

  • Francois - 2012-04-19 17:04

    Die mens gaan in die Haai se woonplek in en nou blameer hulle die haai as hulle die mens aan val

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-19 17:14

      That really necessary Sechaba? Really?

      Kevin - 2012-04-19 17:59

      To all of those who think its wrong to put an Afrikaans comment on this site, how pathetic. My only problem is I cant read Afrikaans.

      Steyn - 2012-04-19 18:10

      Miskien sou jy anders voel as dit een van jou vriende was

      Jason - 2012-04-19 18:11

      they have a point

  • jody.beggs - 2012-04-19 17:08

    Play with fire , you get stung ! Mixed analogy but you get the point ! Its an honourable death.

      Gieljam - 2012-04-19 17:44

      Jody watch out for Emily she dislikes misnomers like you ....

      Kevin - 2012-04-19 18:03

      Its not misnomers but mixed metaphors. Nothing about death is honourable, it is simply a the final act of having lived.

      Ben - 2012-04-19 18:51

      Damn the shark.

  • Simon Patrick Ric-Hansen - 2012-04-19 17:21

    Pathetic comments considering a young guy has just died a horrible death. Some people need to grow up and show some respect. Condolences to the family!!

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-19 17:34

    Emil and Sechaba. This issue is about sharks and you two are attacking each other over nonsense .Emily don't try and be a purist or grammar grandma enough of that concentrate on the report.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-19 18:34

      Ha ha! He dissed some1 for writing in Afrikaans and I asked if it was necessary for him to comment on that and perhaps HE should concentrate on the issue at hand.. His comment was uncalled for & unnecessary..

      Sechaba - 2012-04-19 20:09

      Shame Emily, are you in Melkbosstrand?

  • AlulaBorealis - 2012-04-19 18:01

    You know, maybe if people would just stop putting themselves in cages and teasing the sharks with a piece of meat in your hand! these things would start happening less frequently. It's playing cat and mouse, here i am you can't get me! until one day BAM shark says where's the cage now buddy? RIP David, at least you went doing something you love.

      Ben - 2012-04-19 18:48

      At last, someone who identified the real problem.

  • Shane - 2012-04-19 18:12

    i would rather have the da spend a million on an investigation, than the anc spending millions in there own pockets @ Sechaba - what a stupid cooment anyways. You have the same mentality of Malema! Bloody childish

  • Alex - 2012-04-19 19:12

    The National Geographic are busy filming, chumming, and doing tests on sharks in the False bay region. i'm sure there is some sort of connection with that and this attack.

  • Lena.dt - 2012-04-19 19:48

    In the first place... You guys make fun of the attack but there are people that were close to David, he was a friend and a good person! So keep your stupid comments to yourself! RIP David <3 you will be missed!

  • Amanda - 2012-04-19 19:49

    Nat Geographic get the hell out of our waters. You have done enough damage in manyn other parts of the world. I will be writing a strong letter to your editorial. This is all about making bucks. Shame on you! I hope you write a constructive article about this latest incident. You have been condemned in many regions of the world re: shark tagging. Stick your research and leave the great whites alone.

      Ted - 2012-04-19 22:53

      I totally agree Amanda, these sharks need to be left alone, we as humans are causing this. A terrible tragedy today. All out of greed and let's face it, we all know Great Whites can breach, we know their bite pressure we know their brain is 45cm long and they can see in colour, so now let's let them be.

  • Amanda - 2012-04-19 20:13

    The one point of why we are having more frequent shark attacks which seems to escape everyones notice is that the sharks food supply is being greatly diminished due to over fishing. I live in False Bay, in fact in Simons Town and our authorities are hard pressed to stop this over fishing! Please people wake up and smell the coffee! Man kinds greed and lack of sensitivity to our seas is the prime cause. I have witnessed fishing boats plowing in amongst the dolphins, when there has been a run on fish. I have a birds eye view of what is going on. It is very ugly.

  • Jerome - 2012-04-19 21:19

    what is concerning is that national geographic is filming their "shark hunter" programme in false bay.....and got a permit from the government to over chum (normally its 25kg per boat) they got 5 tons! this needs to be investigated as muizenberg has been closed down due to the filming...therefore no activity in water for anyone.....think about it

  • Shirley - 2012-04-20 00:46

    I remember being in the Durban waters when the Father of the Great surfer Shawn Tomson, Ernie Tompson was bitten by a shark, and rescued by BriAN Biljoen, wonder how many folks remember that. I now Live in Canada faR from Sharks, but never forgot that, must have been AROUND 1950 ISH. how sad for that young man, and what a shoch for his Friens. Shirley J.

  • Corinne - 2012-04-20 12:05

    We read terrible news daily, and to a certain extent become detached and immune as it is always someone else's pain. Such a young and dynamic looking person brings this horror right into our home and makes it real for us all. The emotional trauma and pain David's brother,parents, family and friends are roller coasting through is enormous. I hope that collective thoughts, prayers and strength sent to you at this time help in some small way and gives you all the strength you need right now.I do not know you but will certainly be sending you all the love and healing I can offer. xxx

  • Bradford - 2012-04-20 15:45

    It amazes me how humans still continue to screw this world up more and more as each day goes by. Chumming should be made illegal. I remember growing up in False Bay and there was not one attack. Now it is common place. The only thing that has changed since my childhood is the growing tourism industry and the chumming of shark. So sad that a life has been taken.

  • Johan - 2012-04-20 15:47

    "On the other hand I am a Christian, who believes that the day one is born, the day of your death is already written in history." I guess that makes you a Calvanist. RIP to the man. Its a sad loss.

  • TheAppsMan - 2012-04-20 17:23

    My condolences to the family. Unfortunately the big fish is only doing what comes naturally - wrong place at the wrong time, however I do believe that chumming attracts the predators (That's why you do it, is it not)

  • dominique.thaysen - 2012-04-20 19:19

    Jesus, Emily. You do realise this isnt a social network. This is for people paying their respects to David, who was thee nicest guy ever. He would hate this.

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